Ruth M. Maher, PT, PhD, DPT
Ruth M. Maher, PT, PhD, DPT

Ruth M. Maher, PT, PhD, DPT

Assistant Professor
School of Pharmacy and Health Professions

Expertise/Specializations

  • Board certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in Women's Health
  • Board certified Fellow of the Biofeedback Certification Alliance in Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Physical Therapy

Position

  • Assistant Professor

Education

  • Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA - Bachelor of Science (BS) Exercise Science 1999
  • Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA - Masters in Physical Therapy (MPT) 2002
  • Simmons College, Boston, MA - Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) 2004
  • University College Dublin, Ireland - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 2013

Publications and Presentations

Articles

  • Maher RM Hayes DM, Shinohara M. Quantification of Dry Needling and Posture Effects on Myofascial Trigger Points Using Ultrasound Shear-Wave Elastography. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2013 Nov; 94(11):2146-50.

  • Maher RM. Caulfield, B.A novel externally applied neuromuscular stimulator for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence in women. A pilot study.Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface – 2013 Nov-Dec; 16(6):590-4.
     
  • Maher RM. Hayes, DM. Does Transvaginal Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation Elicit a Pelvic Floor Muscle Contraction? - A Pilot Study Using Sonography in Healthy females. Journal of Women’s Health in Physical Therapy. 2012; 36 (2); May/August.
  • Warren GL, Maher RM, Higbie EJ. Temporal patterns of plantar pressures and lower leg muscle activity during walking: effect of speed. Gait and Posture. 2004, Feb; 19(1):91-100.
     
  • Maher RM. Simple strategies can help reduce falls and liability in your facility.Healthcare Risk Management. 2004, Oct: 26 (10): 109 – 113.
     

Publications

  • Kniss, J, Koppenhaver S, Lilley D, Oates M, Croy T, Maher RM, Shinohara M. Reliability of ultrasound Shear Wave Elastography in measuring low back musculature stiffness in asymptomatic individuals. JOSPT. 2016; (1) A88.
  • Maher RM. Hayes DM, Millard TM. The Effects of Dry Needling on Spasticity and Range of Motion in Two Children. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. 2015; 39 (1) 70-81.
     
  • Maher RM, Bureau M, DeRoja M, Landy J, Long W, McIntyre Megan O'Brien L, Pitcher Hanna. An In vivo analysis of radial head motion during forearm supination and pronation: A proof of concept pilot study using ultrasound imaging. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2015; 45 (1) A152–A185.
  • Maher RM, Bureau M, DeRoja M, Landy J, Long W, McIntyre Megan O'Brien L, Pitcher Hanna. An In vivo analysis of radial head motion during forearm supination and pronation: A proof of concept pilot study using ultrasound imaging. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2015; 45 (1) A152–A185.
  • Maher, RM. O’Farrell, S. (2013).The Efficacy of a New Pelvic Floor Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulator compared to a Sham Modified version in eliciting Pelvic Floor Muscle contractions in healthy female subjects - A Validation study using Ultrasound Imaging. Int Urogynecol J. Sep; Suppl. Abstracts of the 38th Annual IUGA Meeting, Dublin, Ireland, May 28th – June 1st.
  • Maher RM, Welch J, Hayes DM, Bearinger A, Cobb B, Gevontmakher M, Shank L. The effect of ankle position in standing on pelvic floor muscle activity in healthy young continent women – A Pilot study using Transvaginal Electromyography and Ultrasound imaging. Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy. 2013; 36 (6): January/April.

Presentations

  • Maher RM, Bureau M, Clay P, Conway M, Harrison A, Thornsberry C. In Vivo Ultrasound of Radial head motion and Effect of Mobilization Direction on forearm range of motion. . APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Orthopedic Section, Poster Presentation, February 2017, San Antonio, TX.
     
  • Maher RM, Cota D, Sheth S. Determining contributing factors to outcome measure scores using Triaxial wearable sensor technology in an individual using a straight cane and AFO. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Orthopedic Section, Poster Presentation, February 2017, San Antonio, TX.
     
  • Maher RM, Abraham K. Quantifying the acute effects of TENS use in a patient with Dyspareunia using Ultrasound Imaging with Shear Wave Elastography. .APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Women’s Health Section Platform Presentation,  February, 2016, Anaheim, CA
     
  • Gallo N, Schrank E, Maher RM. The Effect of Footwear on the Kinematics of the Hip, Knee, and Ankle in Runners. .APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Sports Physical Therapy Section Poster Presentation, February, 2016, Anaheim, CA
  • Kniss, J, Koppenhaver S, Lilley D, Oates M,Croy T, Maher RM, Shinohara M.
    Reliability of ultrasound Shear Wave Elastography in measuring low back musculature stiffness in asymptomatic individuals. . APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Orthopaedic Section Platform Presentation, February, 2016, Anaheim, CA.
  • Maher RM. Wee-Fit: An Evidenced based approach to treating Urinary Incontinence. Invited Speaker to Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses. Annual Conference, Oct 15 – 16th, 2015, Alexandria, VA.
  • Maher RM, Bureau M, DeRoja M, Landy J, Long W, McIntyre Megan O'Brien L,Pitcher Hanna. An In vivo analysis of radial head motion during forearm supination and pronation: A proof of concept pilot study using ultrasound imaging. World Confederation for Physical Therapy, May 1 – 5, 2015. Singapore
  • Maher RM, Hale S. Through the Looking Glass: Ultrasound Imaging in the classroom to teach in vivo Anatomy and Kinesiological Principles to 1st year Physical Therapy Students. World Confederation for Physical Therapy, May 1 – 5, 2015. Singapore
  • Maher RM, Hayes DM, Shinohara M. Quantification of Dry Needling and Posture Effects on Myofascial Trigger Points Using Ultrasound Shear-Wave Elastography. March, 2015. Lake Buena Vista, FL.
  • Maher RM. Hayes DM, Millard TM. The Effects of Dry Needling on Spasticity and Range of Motion in Two Children. APTA, Combined Sections Meeting, Neurology Section,Feb, 2015, Indianapolis, IN. .
  • Alon G, Maher RM, Abraham K.  Therapeutic Technologies in Women Health. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Educational Session – Joint Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management section and Women’s Health Section, Feb 2nd 2015,Indianapolis, IN.
  • Maher RM, O’Farrell S. The Efficacy of a New Pelvic Floor Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulator compared to a Sham Modified version in eliciting Pelvic Floor Muscle  contractions in healthy female subjects - A Validation study using Ultrasound Imaging. Presented International Urogynaecological  Association Annual Meeting, May, 2013, Dublin, Ireland.
     
  • Maher RM, Welch JP,  Barron K, Crane K, Jernigan J, Sellors K, Williams J. What happens the Piriformis when the hip goes above 90? An in vivo Ultrasound study. Accepted for presentation: American Congress of Rehabilitative Medicine, November, 2013. Orlando, Florida.      
  • Maher RM Welch JP Does Dry Needling the Upper Trapezius Muscle elicit a Sympathetic Response? A Pilot Study analysis of the R to R interval, Galvanic Skin Response, and Blood.  Accepted for presentation: American Congress of Rehabilitative Medicine, November, 2013. Orlando, Florida.      
  • Maher, RM, Welch JP, Carter, C Greene, E, White, K. The effect of ankle position in standing on pelvic floor muscle activity in healthy young continent women – A Pilot study using Transvaginal Electromyography and Ultrasound imaging. Presented at American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting, Jan 2013, San Diego, CA
     
  • Maher, RM, Welch JP, Carter, C Greene, E, White, K. The effect of ankle position in standing on pelvic floor muscle activity in healthy young continent women – A Pilot study using Transvaginal Electromyography and Ultrasound imaging. Presented at International Continence Society Annual Meeting, October, 2012, Beijing, China
     
  • Maher RM, Welch J, Bearinger A, Cobb B, Gevontmakher M, Shank L.What goes up must come down?  An analysis of the Periform Plus intravaginal sensor with indicator using simultaneous Ultrasound imaging and Surface Electromyography in healthy continent women. Presented at International Continence Society Annual Meeting, October, 2012; Beijing, China.
     

Awards and Honors

  • Method and Apparatus for stimulating pelvic floor muscles. United States Patent 8,494,658;World Wide Patent WO2010084391A1, 2017